Most folks who’ve lived in Arizona have seen the Central Arizona Project canal and probably our storage reservoir, Lake Pleasant. But have you seen one of our 15 pumping plants? Or the massive Superstition Mountains Recharge Project? Many of these features are located in remote areas, but all are key to the reliability of our system.


The Colorado River basin avoided shortage again in 2017 due to the efforts of CAP and its partners to conserve water in Lake Mead. But we’re not out of the woods. Arizona is still experiencing a severe drought and the Colorado River is over allocated. It is imperative that all Colorado River users work together to protect the levels in Lake Mead.


Think Arizona doesn’t conserve water? Not true! The fact is that Metro Phoenix reuses or recharges nearly 100% of all wastewater. And you can help stretch existing supplies further. 

For more than a decade, CAP and SRP have collaborated on a joint public education campaign focused on the status of our water supplies and how people can conserve water. This year’s campaign runs through November.


The Central Arizona Project canal is 336 miles long, crossing the state of Arizona through desert, towns and cities. So it’s routine for CAP employees to be working in extremely remote areas. 

But what happened to plant electrician Robert Quintana on September 27 was anything but routine.

By Ramanuj Mitra, MS Candidate, ASU School of Sustainability


“Sin City” has a lot to offer both residents and tourists, but this time it was the WaterSmart Innovations 2016 Conference which took me to Las Vegas. This annual event brings together water utilities managers, technology providers, researchers and students from all over the United States to discuss state-of-the-art techniques for water conservation as well as successful policies and water governance. I attended as a student participant, which was made possible by a stroke of luck and a generous donation from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA). 


There are few elected positions that require a six-year commitment, meet twice a month and provide no compensation. Add to that the responsibility of making policy decisions for the management and delivery of 1.5 million acre-feet of Arizona’s allocation of Colorado River water and you’ve described the extraordinary commitment made by the 15-member Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD) Board of Directors. 

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